With the release of fashion designer Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure video game (Atari) this fall, digital graffiti will score some gigantor points. Interactive game play, player evolution from Toy to All City King, digital blackbooks, incredible fighting and weaponry. In short, the game promises to be a fun and insane experience.
Toy (short version) =a kid who buys his spray paint instead of stealing it, and talks a lot of isht. All City King=A graffiti master of styles as well as locations. You’re All City if your work is SEEN in all the boroughs. Black Books= a black book with sketches of potential graffiti pieces as well as collections of writers' tags.
Rapper Talib Kweli provides the voice of the protagonist Trane while dozens of writers lend their fat caps and advice, encouraging and motivating dude as he tackles a corrupt government in a fictional city.
Fat Caps= spray paint caps that determine the size of the line sprayed by the artist.
To get the party started Ecko planned a huge block party in Chelsea, a few blocks from his Midtown NY headquarters. Along with some DJ's, dozens of graffiti writers were scheduled to show up and participate in a demonstration that included painting on giant replicas of NYC subway cars. The permits were granted by the city since mid July but City Council Speaker Peter Vallone and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg had it revoked because they thought the event would encourage children to go out and vandalize. Vallone even wrote a letter to an Atari honcho to air his dissatisfaction, weeks after hiring Lady Pink, a graffiti writer who is in the game, to paint a mural. Can you spell hypocrisy kids? All together now: V-A-L-L-O-N-E!
For many NYer’s the Councilman walks a gray line between criminal and advocate. NY Newsday’s investigation of Vallone and his partners and business practices in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s seems to have disappeared down the collective memory hole of all NYers .